Halfway Between the Gutter and the Guttural: Nacho Picasso
by Kyle Fleck
on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM
(Crocodile) High & Mighty, Nacho Picasso's latest sleaze-rap opus, is the sound of an artist at the height of his powers throwing down the proverbial gauntlet: Step up, or get the fuck out. Everything from his raspy flow to the fantastically black-lit production oozes through your speakers loud, clear, and impeccably unrefined. The music is down-beat and minor-key, yet it's impossible to miss the infectious joy Picasso gets from spitting his gutter-nerd wordplay: In the first track alone, there are references ranging from Full House to Genghis Khan. There are a few clear influences (Mac Dre's nonchalant thuggery, Cam'ron's deluded boasting), but Nacho's operating on his own plane now. As our own Charles Mudede recently put it, he's "currently the future of local hiphop." Listen, learn. With Avatar Darko. See also My Philosophy.